Joseph Hellon

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Nimrod Joseph Onyango Omondi Hellon (born 20 May 1977) is a Kenyan jazz musician, head of the Finger of God Church, and co-founder of the Placenta Party.

Hellon was the fifth of nine children of poor sugarcane farmers, and was raised in Migori.[1] By the end of high school at Starehe Boys Centre, he was already working as a music teacher. In 1994 he became a teacher at Real Music School in the Westlands area of Nairobi, which is affiliated with London College of Music. He soon became principal and later renamed it Jether House of Music.[1] The school trains individuals and ensembles in classical and popular music.[2][3]

Hellon's specialty as a musician is the saxophone. He is a well known live performer in Nairobi and has recorded five albums: Zamar, Ekkaleo. Bizkuti, Hellon Live in Bizkuti, Afro Jazz featuring Hellon and Aaron.[3] His sixth album, Fish Conspiracy, was scheduled for release early in 2013.[4]

In 2007 Hellon started the Finger of God Church. In February 2010, in connection with his cousin TV presenter Esther Arunga's conflict with her parents, he was arrested on charges of running an illegal society; he was found innocent and released after one week in jail.[1][5][6] Arunga subsequently married Quincy Timberlake, another official in the church.[7] Hellon has since said that Timberlake spoofed e-mails from the televangelist Benny Hinn, leading him to believe Finger of God was under Hinn's guidance.[6] The church now meets in members' homes.[8]

Hellon co-founded the Placenta Party in 2010 with Timberlake and their wives,[9][10] and considered running in the 2013 Kenyan general election as the party's presidential candidate.[9] Late in 2012 he decided not to, while not ruling out a 2017 run.[4]

Hellon is married to Kuyu Hellon; they have a son and two adopted daughters, the children of his late brother.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Genga, Shirley (6 April 2013). "Hellon Shares on Life's Ups and Down". The Standard. 
  2. ^ Kerongo, Grace (August 6, 2012). "Hellon plans to write autobiography". The Star. 
  3. ^ a b "My Biodata". Joseph Hellon. Archived from the original on 14 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Hellon is back with a bang!". The Standard. 20 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Momanyi, Bernard (22 February 2010). "Esther Arunga and Joseph Hellon arrested". Capital FM. 
  6. ^ a b Kerongo, Grace (14 January 2011). "Finger of God: Trouble in Paradise". The Star. 
  7. ^ "Esther Arunga weds Quincy Timberlake". Capital FM. 4 March 2010. 
  8. ^ Chege, Njoki (20 January 2014). "Hellon on life after Esther Arunga scandal". Nairobi News. 
  9. ^ a b TacomaWeekly (15 August 2010). "Hellon’s Placenta Party sets up base in Mombasa". CNN iReport. 
  10. ^ Kaberia, Judie (16 April 2010). "Placenta party of Kenya launches manifesto". Capital FM.